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Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Teens

Wilderness Therapy for Troubled Teen Girls

Wilderness Therapy Programs for Troubled Girls

Wilderness therapy is a completely outdoor-based residential treatment center that combines traditional residential therapy with an adventure-based treatment model.


As of 2017, more than 100 wilderness therapy programs throughout the United States serve over 10,000 teens and young adults each year. These outdoor-based residential treatment facilities are committed to accreditation, effective treatment, evidence-based research, and monitoring risk management, among other things related to improving the lives of troubled teens.

Wilderness therapy is especially effective in treating troubled teens - Namely, underlying mental, emotional, and behavioral issues that cause typically cause troubled teens to act on out-of-control and self-destructive behaviors.

Wilderness therapy is quickly becoming one of the nation's go-to residential treatment programs for troubled teens. Of course, the difference between wilderness therapy programs and other traditional residential treatment facilities is that the entire treatment program takes place outdoors - generally, (at least) tens of miles away from the nearest town or city.

What's more, according to leading experts in the field of teenage behavioral science, there is considerable anecdotal and empirical evidence that wilderness programs work.

How do Wilderness Therapy Programs for Teens Operate?

Wilderness therapy programs are typically shorter in duration (no longer than five months) with a smaller number of teens (12-24) than more traditional residential programs, which typically last between 9 to 16 months and house dozens of students at a time.

Like most treatment facilities, wilderness therapy programs offer many different levels, styles, and treatment models. Factors such as a teenager's age and the behavioral, mental, and emotional issues they need to be treated will determine things like the intensity of their individualized treatment program, medication regimen, and drug and alcohol treatment (if applicable).

Wilderness therapy is a popular choice among today's parents of troubled teens. As to why, proponents of wilderness therapy claim that the combination of immersing teens in a wild habitat with modern therapy is overwhelmingly effective in fundamentally improving the behavior, self-worth, and overall quality of life of troubled teens.

What's more, due to wilderness therapy's dynamic models of treatment and its unique setting, the adventure-based treatment is especially effective in treating those who were not successfully treated by more traditional styles of treatment - i.e., one-on-one therapy sessions, conventional residential treatment programs, and drug/drug rehab centers.

One of the main concerns parents have regarding sending their children to an outdoor-based program is that their safety will be compromised while living in the wilderness. However, according to recent studies from 2017, the average injury rate of a wilderness therapy program for troubled teens is just 1.12 per 1,000 participants.

According to similar studies, some might even be surprised to learn that wilderness therapy programs are actually safer than living at home. In fact, teens who live at home are actually twice as likely to visit an emergency room due to sickness or injury than the average wilderness therapy participant.

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